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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting use of the old Masonic Lodge. Cafe and museum. Well worth a visit - just a very short walk from the main highway on the eastern edge of town. Good coffee too

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 27 July 2023

Beautiful venue with lovely staff. I had a toasted sandwich for lunch which was delicious. Service was a little slow on this particular day but worth the wait.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023

What a suprise in Blackall. Located in a side street off the main highway. Service was first class and coffee and cakes were fantastic. Cakes looked so good it was a shame to eat them. Home made produce was excellent especially the Green Mango chutney....Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 15 April 2023

What a fantastic place. The cafe is beautiful as are the gardens. The eats and drinks were excellent. Upstairs is a very good museum too.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 12 October 2022 via mobile

Walking into The Lodge is like walking into another world, it’s absolutely beautiful. Lots of different items to buy, homemade jams, relish etc. Night time is worth a visit just to see the fairy lights doing their “thing” for the diners. Open Friday & Saturday...nights. The food is fresh and made delicately by Chris & Boyd, Chris grows fresh food for the restaurant/ cafe. We love the fruit loaf Chris makes with lemon butter & ricotta. The steaks are to die for, beautifully cooked and a generous portion with lovely vegetables. Plus, we have the sticky date pudding after….just! They have a large variety you can choose from, you will not be disappointed. Chris, Boyd and staff make you feel very welcome, we come back year after year and the first thing we do is head for the “The Lodge.” Then off to the thermal pools which is also a 5 star facility. Can sit in the garden with with all birds around, admire the fountain where the birds fly in and out for a bath or drink, admire the beautiful garden or go inside amongst all the goodies. Plenty of seating, large groups or small, not a problem. Overall, you cannot go past eating in Blackall at The Lodge. Best meals I have come across, especially in the outback of Qld.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 11 September 2022

We went for morning tea and were impressed by not only the architecture of the building but how beautiful it all was inside as well as the large colourful garden surrounding it. I was disappointed that at 10.15am (it was a Sunday) they had sold...out of their home made well reviewed raisin bread and settled for lavender bread instead which was tasty but not brilliant (slightly doughy). We had our coffee sitting outside and enjoyed the experience.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 6 September 2022

This Queensland State Heritage-listed 1906 building is now a wonderful melange of beautiful gifts and imaginative dining created by its young owners, Boyd and Chris. They offer dinners on Fridays and Saturdays 1800-2200, and breakfasts Wednesday-Sunday 0800-1400. The building has been thoroughly, but sympathetically, renovated...and offers indoor and al fresco dining in the beautiful garden grounds. It's a BYO venue (another attractive feature) and the breakfasts are predominantly egg-ish, although Devonshire Teas also appear to be a great favourite. The dinner menu, while limited, is seasonal, the emphasis being on "fresh is best", with locally supplied meats. My partner raved about the Coconut Prawns with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce ($15.50) and the subsequent Asparagus wrapped with Prosciutto and Hollandaise Sauce (also $15.50). My French-crumbed Lamb Cutlets with Mint Sauce ($29.50) would have been a lot better with additional trimming (which fell to me to do) but it was great in its own right. Not so the Crepes Suzette ($12.50). They'd evidently come out of the refrigerator and hadn't been warmed up so the lumpy, gluten mass did nothing for my taste buds, I regret. The serviced from co-owner Chris was polished, professional and friendly, as was that at breakfast from Boyd, the other co-owner the next morning.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 17 July 2022 via mobile

Really gorgeous atmosphere, friendly, warm, full of stunning gifts & REAL hot chocolate, best in town!! Booths inside, open table for large groups and lovely garden setting- so many seating choices.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 30 June 2022 via mobile

The services is excellent, food yum , fresh and just right amount. We had coffee that was very high quality . For food we had breakfast burger and homemade fruit toast with ricotta cheese and lemon curd. Yummmm

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 26 April 2022

This is a hidden gem that gave us one of the best breakfast experiances we have had in a long time. The staff were all wonderful, with great atmosphere and food. The items for sale are also worth looking through for a great gift.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 28 November 2021 via mobile

Definitely worth a trip to Blackall! This converted Masonic lodge was full of warmth and character. Decent coffee and a tasty brekkie made the visit even better! Thankyou Dr Kieran 😊

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 12 September 2021

We thought we would give the only restaurant in town a go to support it. The decor was really first class and well thought out by someone who knew what they were doing. Pretty LED lit trees and beautifully decorated. Menu looked good so we...ordered a slow cooked pork shoulder chop and a medium rare rib fillet. I want to start with the good. The steak was really well cooked (longer on one side which was great) tasted great and had a good bark. Sauces were Cafe de Paris and mushroom. Neither were split. The mushy sauce tasted like it was fresh and actually had brandy. The Cafe de Paris was not served as a butter but as a sauce but was still great. Got the tarragon and all the other complex bits in it. Pork shoulder was tough like it was cooked high and fast instead of low and slow. Its a tough piece of meat to cook but it could have been done lower and slower with some fat in the process (maybe confit). It's the cheapest part of the pig so we sort of expected a bit better in terms of prep. Sauce was ok. Beans were superb. Carrot good with the addition of a sauce that complimented them. Potatoes were dry and awful and although we got the garlic, they were clearly cooked as part of mise en place but way way way too early. Dessert was awful and we sent it back without eating. (Did not ask for a refund). It was supposed to be a Black Forest Waffle. Sounded good! It turned up as a soft, cold piklet in the shape of a waffle not a crispy hot waffle. It was covered in raspberry jam full of seeds and a squeeze of nutella. For the record, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte only needs three things to be a winner.... cherry, chocolate and cream (and maybe some cherry kirsch). This thing had none of those. Staff looked great in blacks and were lovely but it looked like there were two cooks. Only one actually cared about what they were cooking and the other hack thought they could fool people with bad food (just guessing here but it just cant be possible that such good and bad cooking can come from the same chef). We got offered a percentage off the returned dessert and that is what inspired me to write this. I would be mortified if a diner did not like my food. As the chef I would be asking them why and how I could do better. Of course if they were just whingers I would disregard their rantings but I WOULD ask. We didn't give a rats about paying for this bad meal but they also didn't give a rats about it being terrible. Small restaurants in regional areas are a great idea and we want to support them but you cant rely on the decor and pretense. It really is all about the food and the care you put into it. If you don't care then you, like many other restaurants, will fail.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 17 August 2021

A pleasant discovery - lovely setting in which to eat - out in the garden if preferred. Good quality breakfast. Very pleasant staff and mine host more than happy to chat with customers - re garden, jewellery on display / for sale or even the...original purpose of the building.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 6 August 2021

Service was slow,meal was awful.Fish very salty, potatoes raw,no sauce small serve, over priced.Try the pub

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 6 August 2021

What a fantastic find, this amazing cafe inside a historic lodge is a hidden gem. You can relax immediately, such a good atmosphere. The English Breakfast tea was served in a traditional teapot, and the bacon and eggs had a great flavour. This will be...a highlight of your trip. Try anything on the menu, it will be amazing!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5